BG’s Black History Month events start early PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 January 2013 11:05
File photo. Ashley O'Brien, a BGSU student from Columbiana, Ohio, paints a chair while volunteering her time at ReStore located at 425 Napoleon Road in Bowling Green. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
February is officially national Black History Month, but at Bowling Green State University commemorative events begin this month and continue through mid-March.
BGSU students, faculty, staff and alumni will make Martin Luther King Jr. Day “a day on, not a day off,” by spending it in service to the community. The university expects nearly 500 participants on Jan. 21 to give about 4,000 combined hours helping a number of Bowling Green and Toledo agencies and organizations. The event is coordinated by the Civic Action Leaders in the Office of Service-Learning.
This year’s event will also honor former Undergraduate Student Government President Johnnie Lewis, a student leader at BGSU who passed away in July 2012.
“A Taste of February” on Feb. 1 will kick off the month with the theme “E Pluribis Unum: Out of Many, One.” The diversity event celebrates cultural awareness through educational entertainment, food and conversation.
Sponsored by the Office of Residence Life, the SMART Program and the Black Graduate Student Organization, the event takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the ballroom and is free for BGSU students with identification, $15 for BGSU faculty and staff and $25 for community members. Register online at or contact Ana Brown at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
An annual highlight of Black History Month at the university, the Black Issues Conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union’s Lenhart Grand Ballroom.
The title of this year’s conference is “The Power of One: Building a Commitment to Constructive Cooperation.”
Attorney Kathryn A. Williams, an educator and activist, will give the keynote address. The event provides an opportunity to learn about and address key issues that affect the African-American/black community in the U.S. and provides a forum for discussion, dialogue and research presentation.
The conference is free for BGSU students with identification, $15 for BGSU faculty and staff, and $25 for community members. Register online at
The conference is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Black Graduate Student Organization. For more information, contact Sheila Brown at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
The BGSU Festival Series celebrates the Negro spiritual on Feb. 23 when the American Spiritual Ensemble comes to Kobacker Hall in Moore Musical Arts Center. Featuring classically trained singers, the ensemble’s mission is to keep the American Negro spiritual alive. Since its inception by Dr. Everett McCorvey in 1995, its vocalists have traveled around the world with their repertoire ranging from spirituals to classical to jazz and Broadway numbers highlighting the black experience.
Tickets range from $12 to $38. For information, visit or call 419-372-8171. The series is sponsored by the College of Musical Arts.
Black History events culminate in March with the annual Africana Studies Conference, “Catalysts for Change in the Africana World,” on March 15, hosted by the Africana Studies Program, and the 17th annual State of the State Conference on March 21, “Creating an Inclusive Environment for Many Voices,” sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
For a complete list of events, visit

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